“Selfless service will make you Divine.”Gurudev Sivananda
Karma Yoga teaches us how to work, how to work together and how to understand ourselves in relation to others. The yoga of action helps us take our theoretical knowledge of spiritual life and test it out in our daily lives. It is the spirit with which we approach our work that transforms our actions into the practice of Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga is marked by willingness, care, consideration and cooperation. By spiritualizing our work, we can lift any task from the menial to the meaningful. This mental attitude/spiritual ideal can be carried with you, away from the Ashram into your daily life and work. At Yasodhara Ashram, Karma Yoga is translated into our daily work as service to the community. We work together in the kitchen, garden and grounds, we build houses and repair our buildings, we clean and care for our spaces. Karma Yogis run our office and registrations, publish books and newsletters. We also meet together to reflect on the events of the day and support each other in our efforts. Watch this video of two of our Karma Yoga coordinators sharing their experiences of Karma Yoga as part of their work organizing the daily “work in action” of the Ashram.
The Karma Yoga you are asked to do also depends on your skills, physical capabilities and the length of time you are planning to be here.
If you join us as a full-time Karma Yogi, your schedule will be: 6-8 hours daily, depending on the day, with one day for reflection. If you are a half-time Karma Yogi, you will be working 6 days a week, 4 hours a day, with the afternoon for personal reflection and practice.
A typical day for residents or Karma Yogis includes: Hatha Yoga – 6:50-7:50 a.m. Breakfast – 8-8:30 a.m. Karma Yoga – 8:30-12:30 p.m. Lunch – 12:30-1:00 p.m. Karma Yoga – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Reflection break – 3:30-4 p.m. Dinner – 6-6:30 p.m. Satsang – 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Yes, you are welcome to sign up for a course at anytime. Please see our Program Calendar for offerings, dates and fees.
Karma Yoga is based on generosity and offering. Selfless service is doing what needs to be done. All tasks provide an opportunity for service and learning. We do take skills and interest into consideration, but the priority is doing the work that needs to be done together.
We will take your skills into consideration, especially if you have made a long-term commitment to being here as a Karma Yogi. If you are a professional, please be generous with your knowledge, as we may be in need of your expertise on a project that arises.
The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga Program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. We are here to support people who want to take time away from their daily lives to learn more about themselves and their life choices.
The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga Program is not for individuals who are without a home and need a place to stay. We are also not a halfway house or place to transition from addiction because we don’t have the resources available to support this kind of transition.